Leigh began to draw from a very early age, in fact as soon as he could hold a pencil. As he progressed through his school years his attention to detail in his drawings and paintings became very apparent and is subsequently one of the characteristics that makes his work so distinctive.
It was only after Leigh left his home city that he realised it’s importance to him, he felt a deep pride for the place where he, his parents and grandparents had grown up. His paintings are inspired by the streets where they lived – the Gateshead terrace owned by his mum’s dad William “Mickey” Curran and the East Newcastle house of his father’s dad Harry Lambert, built for the workers of the local armaments factory.
Leigh has developed his own unique style where children play on cobbled streets; optimistic splashes of colour against dark, smoky backdrops of terraced houses.